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Peking Lingchih-Royal Jelly
(Ganoderma and Royal Jelly Formula)
Lingchih (Lingzhi; Ganoderma lucidum) is one of the most famous of Chinese medicinal substances. It is the "mushroom of immortality" described in ancient texts. According to legend (and, perhaps, historical fact), the first Emperor of China sent explorers out to sea to seek the ultimate immortality elixir, one that had been reputed to come from the islands to the East somewhere distant from China's shore. Years later, the voyagers returned, having set foot on the land we know today as Japan, bringing back with them the Lingzhi mushroom (called Rei-shi in Japan). It was recorded in China's first herbal, the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, as a superior remedy. Lingzhi was reputed to calm the agitated spirit, improve the complexion, alleviate stiffness of the joints, and, if taken regularly, prolong life.
With modern technology, this woody mushroom is transformed into a liquid that is packed in sealed vials. The product is manufactured in Beijing (Peking). Each vial (10ml) contains 500 mg Lingchih, 300 mg fresh royal jelly, and a blend of extracts from ho-shou-wu (Polygonum multiflorum), psoralea (Psoralea corylifolia), codonopsis (Codonopsis pilosula), epimedium (Epimedium sagittatum), plus several vitamins.
Royal Jelly is a light yellow natural material secreted from the pharyngeal gland on the head of the worker bee, and it is provided to the queen bee only. Although there are 60 to 90 thousand bees in a bee-hive, only one queen bee that has developed maturely is present; all the others are worker bees and male bees. The queen bee consumes royal jelly throughout her life, giving great vitality. The queen can bear 2000 eggs that are close to its own body weight. It can live 5 years long while worker bees live only 3 months. This dramatic effect indicates the great value of royal jelly.
The herb ingredients added to the lingchih and royal jelly are tonics that are said to nourish all the essences of the body: qi, blood, yin, and yang. This herb combination is used in China for recovery from illness where there has been loss of body weight, poor appetite, malnutrition, and general debility; it is also used after child-birth to aid recuperation. The formula is used more generally for weak metabolism, mental strain, chronic fatigue, depression, and poor memory. It is recommended to be taken one vial (10ml) each time, one or two times daily, in the morning or at bed-time.
Today, virtually all ganoderma used in herbal medicine is cultivated. Ganoderma mushroom production in China has reached over 3,000 tons annually, with the largest portion grown near Beijing. Peking Lingchih Royal Jelly is manufactured by the Beijing Pharmacuetical Works under the umbrella of the Beijing Pharmaceutical Group Import and Export Company. This large company owns dozens of manufacturing factories devoted to producing medicines and medical instruments, as well as research institutes, colleges, and product distribution companies, with over 15 thousand total staff.
Chinese logo for the Beijing Pharmaceutical Company.